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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1212

George and Dragon

Open 2020+

Speldurst Hill

Speldhurst

01892 863125

http://www.speldhurst.com/

https://whatpub.com/george-dragon

George and Dragon 1900

Above postcard, 1900.

George and Dragon painting 1902

Above painting by Charles Essenhigh Corke, dated 1902.

George and Dragon 1905

Above photo, 1905.

George and Dragon 1907

Above postcard, 1907, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Old Inn 1912

Above photo date 1912. This was referred to as the "Old Inn" by the postcard company, who obviously didn't do the research to give it its proper name.

George and Dragon 1912

Above postcard, circa 1912.

George and Dragon postcard 1915

Above postcard, 1915, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.

George and Dragon 1915

Above photo, 1915, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. On the gable end to the right is a round plaque, which says PRHA and may have Free above these letters and House below. I can't make out the words which encircle this. Does anyone know what the plaque is all about?

Answer from Tom Franks says:- The 'Peopleís Refreshment House Association' a movement active in the early part of the 20th Century to encourage temperance and for pubs to sell non-alcoholic drinks.

George and Dragon 1920

Above postcard, circa 1920.

Old Inn

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.

George and Dragon

Above postcard, date unknown.

George and Dragon 2013

Above photo 2013 by Nigel Chadwick Creative Commons Licence.

George and Dragon Wills cigarette card George and Dragon Wills cigarette card

Above showing the Wills cigarette card from the Old Inns set, number 15.

Inside of the George and Dragon

Above postcard, date unknown, showing the inside of the pub, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.

Royal Oak

Above postcard, date unknown.

George and Dragon

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.

George and Dragon

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.

George and Dragon

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.

 

In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.)

This is a Grade II listed building, listed on 20 October 1954.

The pub, one of the most popular inns in Kent, was built as long ago as 1212. Some of the postcard manufacturers used to refer to this as the "Old Inn" due to its age, but as far as I am aware it never went under that name.

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From the Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 16 January 1874.

Extension of time.

The Bench granted the following extensions:- To Mr. R. Barrett, Of the "George and Dragon," Speldhurst, for the convenience of coachman, &c, bringing parties to a ball given by Charles Powell, Esq.

 

From the https://www.kentlive.news By Lauren MacDougall, 6 November 2019.

Kentís cosiest pubs with gorgeous log fires that will shield you from the cold.

These stunning pubs come with crackling fires, beautiful interiors and tasty food.

Is there anything better than curling up next a toasty log fire, pint in hand?

With the winter months drawing in and November predicted to be one of the coldest ever, knowing your local cosy pub with a gorgeous log fire is more important than ever.

Whether you're looking for a tipple after a brisk walk or just after a warm afternoon out, there's plenty of choice.

These stunning pubs come with crackling fires, beautiful interiors and tasty food.

Some of them even have more than one wood burner, so you won't be fighting for the coveted space in front of the flickering flames.

If you're looking for some inspiration, check out our list below.

The George and Dragon.

George and Dragon 2019

The George and Dragon at Speldhurst.

Where : Speldhurst Hill, Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells TN3 0NN.

What : This 13th century pub serves food good enough to make the Michelin guide.

And if that's not enough you can enjoy the warming grub next to an equally toasty log fire.

 

LICENSEE LIST

BROOKES Thomas 1828-58+ (age 50 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BAVEY Henry North Next pub licensee had 1867-19/June/1868

BARRETT J 1869-70+

BARRATT Ebenezer 1871-74+ (age 62 in 1871Census)

OVENDEN Edwin 1881-82+ (age 32 in 1881Census)

HYMAN William 1901+ (age 37 in 1901Census)

HUTSON Thomas 1903-13+ (age 56 in 1911Census)

JACKSON Robert 1922+

Peoples Refreshment Association Ltd 1938+

PURSEY H L Mr 1933-46 Next pub licensee had

PURSEY Clara 1939 (Manageress age 46 in 1939)

SANKEY Dick 1960-78+

LEEFE-GRIFFITHS Julian 2004-17+

https://pubwiki.co.uk/GeorgeDragon.shtml

http://theweald.org/P2.asp?PId=Sp.SpInn

 

Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

CensusCensus

 

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